Pleurotus mushrooms, and tomato salad

I started this post way back at the beginning of our Grecian vacation, but never got around to posting it once we started checking out all the local food. This is a meal I made in our adorable little kitchen at Peach House.

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At the grocery store in Tinos, doesn’t it look so much prettier than those metal and plastic buffet-style bulk olive things in the US?

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I just thought these bottles of corn oil were the cutest.

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I ended up forgetting to use those capers, and I’m glad. I’ll tell you about it later. Maybe.

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This garlic was the best I’ve ever had. Ever. It was so fresh we weren’t even sure what it was. It had soft skin like the inner layers of an onion, the stem was extra long. When I peeled it back, I had to run to EM and have him touch it! It was bright white and gorgeous.

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So, I de-stemmed the mushrooms, chopped some onion and finely chopped the beautiful garlic. It smelled so good.

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Sauteed the onions & garlic in the wonderful olive oil from our gift bag.

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The hard bread, normally used for dakos and also from the gift bag, was broken into bits and set aside.

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Once the onions were soft, I added the Pleurotus mushrooms and let them cook on low for a while to soak up the flavor. Meanwhile…

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I started our salad by smashing some garlic.

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I love to smash things.

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Add garlic to olive oil.

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Add freshly-squeeze lemon juice. I used the whole lemon. The thing actually was crushed to bits in my hands which I found pretty weird, but I liked that I smelled of lemon afterwards and for the rest of the night.

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Whisk to emulsify.

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Lovely tomatoes.

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Chop, and toss into the dressing. Stir to coat. I left them to soak while I finished the mushrooms.

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In go the breadcrumbs, then I turned up the heat in a failed attempt to brown the mushrooms – should’ve used a bigger pan, I guess. But they did firm up a bit.

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The only other ingredient in our salad was the lettuce. Had I known then that a real Greek salad never has lettuce in it, I would have done something totally different! But. This isn’t a Greek meal, it’s just a meal made in Greece.

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And it looks nice, anyway.

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And here it is with a spoon.

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And here it is on our very colorful table. I miss our little house : (

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I loved the mushrooms, even though I didn’t know yet how awesome the ones at ΤΑ Κουμπαρακια would be. But when EM to his first bite, he got an unpleasant look on his face. He hated it. Turns out I left part of a stem on one of the mushrooms, and the stems are bitter and pretty gross. So don’t do that. According to him, the whole rest of the meal was good…I’m pretty sure he would tell me if it weren’t. Anyway, I liked it! Might try making the mushrooms again this weekend, but I will char them.

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